Saturday, December 13, 2008

Mauritius report on the 25th Meeting of the COMESA Council of Ministers

Cabinet [12/12/2008] has taken note of the outcome of the recent mission of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade to Lusaka, Zambia, where he participated in the 25th Meeting of the COMESA Council of Ministers and the ESA Ministerial Meeting on the Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiations. The theme of the COMESA Council of Ministers Committee was "Consolidating Regional Economic Integration through Value Addition, Trade and Food Security".

The COMESA Council of Ministers, inter alia, -

(a) reviewed the implementation of the main areas of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme whose overall objective was to reduce poverty by half by the year 2015 in line with Millennium Development Goals;

(b) took note of the report on the setting up of COMESA Trading Houses; one of the trading houses would be set up in Mauritius;

(c) agreed to the proposal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade for a programme to support the restructuring and modernisation of the textiles and clothing sector in the COMESA Region aimed at increasing productivity and competitiveness; and

(d) endorsed that Mauritius would host the COMESA Fund.

The ESA Ministerial Meeting took note of the report of the mission which the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade led to several European Capitals in September 2008 to seek the support of EU Member States on the development dimension of the Economic Partnership Agreement and of progress made in the negotiations at technical levels.